For tasty American fare, head to Harry's Hidaway Restaurant for a sandwich and side.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
For comfortable outdoor service, Harry's Hidaway Restaurant sets up a seasonal patio.
Harry's Hidaway Restaurant is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Harry's Hidaway Restaurant offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Harry's Hidaway Restaurant also offers catering.
Harry's Hidaway Restaurant is located near a parking lot, which many diners take advantage of.
Harry's Hidaway Restaurant is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Expect your bill at Harry's Hidaway Restaurant to come in at around $30 per person.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at Harry's Hidaway Restaurant.
Make your way over to Harry's Hidaway Restaurant and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
So what are you waiting for? Come see what the highly-rated American food at Harry's Hidaway Restaurant is all about.
The rich, substantial fare native to Deutschland is truly a showstopper at Cornville's Manzanita Restaurant.
Keep your diet in check at Manzanita Restaurant, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
Manzanita Restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Manzanita Restaurant's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Manzanita Restaurant to create the perfect night.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
Manzanita Restaurant is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.
Manzanita Restaurant's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Meals at Manzanita Restaurant are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
Convenience is essential at Manzanita Restaurant, and food is served from morning until night.
So hop on an international culinary adventure and get ready for the delicious German fare at Manzanita Restaurant.
Stop by Grasshopper Grill in Cornville for a quick and tasty bite to eat.
Grasshopper Grill knows how to make gluten-free and low-fat fare taste great, so stop by for a healthy (and flavorful) bite.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Access the Internet free of charge via Grasshopper Grill's complimentary wifi.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Grasshopper Grill.
Who doesn't want to go out for a nice meal with buddies and your canine companion? Head over to Grasshopper Grill for a good time!
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Ample parking is available in the area.
Grasshopper Grill offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, Grasshopper Grill s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, Grasshopper Grill is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Fill up on bread and olive oil at Vince's Restaurant, a main hub for Italian dishes in Cornville's Cornville neighborhood.
Vince's Restaurant is a jackpot for those looking for low-fat and gluten-free meal options.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
In addition to its great location, Vince's Restaurant is also located near plenty of parking options.
For a decently-priced meal that s not too fancy, Vince's Restaurant hits the nail on the head.
Ready to try all the best flavors of Italy? Check out the authentic dishes at Vince's Restaurant.
Load up a pizza with all of your favorite toppings at Cornville's Pazzescos Restaurant and Pizzeria.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Pazzescos Restaurant and Pizzeria, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
If you've got the car, then we've got parking for you.
Pazzescos Restaurant and Pizzeria truly is the best pizza place for your dollar in the area.
Looking for comfort food? What's better than spaghetti or a savory pasta dish? Grab some of this pasta today and your next meal will be on-point!
This fixing adds that little something extra to any baked good, so include it in all of your favorite recipes.
Five B's offers a range of classic and signature breads, all of which are fresh and baked to perfection.
Pick up some of their quality seasonings and spices for a delicious meal that packs a ton of flavor.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
If you're in the need for some protein, this is THE place to go, as they have wonderful and various meats for purchase.
Health-conscious eaters will love cooking with the fresh produce available here.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
Need more vinegar and oil to transform your cooking? No problem, they've got that here, too!
If you're planning out your weekly meals, you will appreciate the assortment of snacks at Five B's.
Keep your energy and mood up all day long with a tasty coffee or refreshing tea from Five B's.
You'll be able to save time with any of the TV dinners available here. Five minutes is all that's stopping you from total relaxation with these delicious meals.
The best kept dinner secret is available here when you take advantage of the convenience of adding frozen food to your diet.
Pick up super fresh fish (and a heck of a lot of nutrients) for your next meal.
You'll be amazed at how much time you can save by buying canned food. It's like a shortcut to a better prepared meal.
All your favorite cereals are stocked on the shelves here.
Whether you're hitting the gym or just running errands, water keeps your energy up and your body moving. Make sure to hit the shelves at Five B's for some hydration while you're on the move.
Don't spend time searching for parking — guests are welcome to use the adjoining lot.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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